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Medical Malpractice and Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations with respect to medical malpractice cases can be complex and difficult to calculate. Not only do the laws differ from state to state, time limitations change according to type of injury and whether the claim involves a governmental entity. There can also be various exceptions according to the age of the plaintiff.

The statute of limitations is defined as, -an enactment in a common law legal system that sets the maximum time after an event that legal proceedings based on that event may be initiated.- In other words, the time period between when the injury or wrongful death happened until the final date when a medical malpractice attorney can file the suit.

Always obtain a legal consultation with a personal injury attorney who specializes in medical malpractice law as soon as you suspect you may have a case. If the statute of limitations expires before your medical malpractice suit is filed, the case can be dismissed. If this happens you will have no recourse or means to sue for current injuries or even for future problems that may result for the remainder of your life.

The period of time during which a medical malpractice suit must be filed usually begins with the date of harm. This becomes day one. However, sometimes the injury does not become apparent for days, weeks, months or even years after it happened. In such situations, the statute of limitations could begin running the day the injury was discovered.

For medical malpractice lawsuits brought against health care providers in California, the statute of limitations is filed within three years after the date of the injury, or -one year after the plaintiff discovers, or should have discovered, the injury, whichever occurs first.-

There are exceptions to this rule, the first regarding claims based on a foreign object left inside the injured person’s body (such as surgical scissors or gauze) In these cases the statute of limitations day one begins when the person discovers, or should have discovered, the foreign object. Another exception addresses cases involving minor children under the age of six. For a minor under six, the case must be filed within three years of the date of injury or before the child’s eighth birthday, whichever is the longer amount of time.

R. Klettke is a freelance writer. He writes about personal injury and medical malpractice law and other matters of jurisprudence.

Note: This article is not intended to provide legal advice upon which you should rely in making any decisions regarding the instituting or prosecuting of a legal claim. Laws and rules relating to the bringing of a claim vary widely from state to state. You should always contact a personal injury attorney to obtain information as to the rules and the laws pertaining to any claim you might have.

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Laughter Therapy A Natural Way To Cure Yourself

There are no two opinions that the laughter is healthy for the body and mind. The laugher therapy is a process in which laughter is used as therapeutic tool to heal human body and emotions. Laughter is an expression of happiness that gives people ceaseless enjoyment and produces humor. The Laughter therapy not only attracts others to the people who laughs openly but also strengthens relationships and helps people to resolve their inner conflicts. There are several advantages of using this laughter process which include health, mental and social benefits through which people can get rid of their stress and feel rejuvenated.

Health advantages: The first and the foremost advantage that we can get from the Laughter therapy is the relief from stress. It is a stress-busting technique that relieves stress and ensures safety from all heart and blood pressure related diseases and problems. Lung capacity and oxygen levels in the blood can be improved through the proper use of the therapy. The therapy helps in the production of bodys natural pain killer hormones like cortisol, epinephrine and endorphins to reduce and the intensity of arthritic pain and muscular spasms. There are evidences that the therapy helps to cure insomnia, migraines, allergies and ulcers. The therapy is also useful in reducing heart rate and stimulating appetite and digestion.

Mental advantages: The Laughter therapy puts wide-ranging effects on us psychologically and physiologically and gives us quick relief from stress. It not only develops your inner and outer personality but also enhances your leadership qualities. Laughter is a panacea that affects mood directly and keeps all negative emotions away from us. Neurologists suggest that one minute of laughter can give the body upto 45 minutes of therapeutic relaxation. It is said that a person who laughs openly copes with odd situations well.

Social advantages: Researches conducted by scientists show that the Laughter therapy improves interpersonal relationship and resolves conflicts between people. When a tense person meets a person who uses to laugh while meeting people, he founds himself in a state of happiness and takes things lightly. It is admitted that people with a strong sense of humor are less affected by the negative effects of stress.

To know more about laughter yoga, yoga of laughter, laughter therapy and laughing yoga, log on to the Internet and find several web sites that offer detailed and in-depth information on the positive effects of the laughter on the health and mind of humans.

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How to Remember Your PAST Lives Without Drugs Or Therapy!

Who else really wants to remember their past lives? Are you curious about the REAL meaning of your life? Are you a true blue believer that past lives or reincarnation is REAL….and that we all have the power to access these memories with practice? Are you curious if THIS life bears the brunt of traumas, or experiences or even LOVE affairs with soulmates you’ve met in a previous existence? If you said yes, stay tuned while I reveal my FAVORITE way for tapping into the power of past lives from home!

Can I REALLY learn how to remember past lives with practice?

I say YES! As a matter of fact, I truly believe that each and every one of us has the power, and potential to recall many previous incarnations, simply through a combination of practice, intention, mediation and technology. You can also talk to a therapist and have a regression done, which is very effective….but expensive, and often unnecessary if you follow the below approach instead.

What is my FAVORITE way to induce past life recall?

Honestly? The MOST effective technique for me has been using guided meditations, subliminal messaging and hemi sync or binural beats for brain entrainment. (just a scientific way of explaining how to enter an altered state through the use of sound)

Why is this a superior approach to therapy, drugs or hypnosis regression?

First of all…it’s FASTER! You can literally have your first memories within a few short hours using nothing but focused intention, music or sound and all while sitting on your sofa! That makes it easier as well….and in MY opinion, the memories tend to be much more accurate too. Why? Because in my view, you can’t always TRUST the past lives you remember during regression, or during therapy, or even during a psychic reading as they are possibly being affected by suggestion.

Experiences you have by yourself, when your mind is in a totally relaxed, open and hyper aware state…are ALWAYS more powerful, more realistic and more personally transformative to boot! (or at least if YOURS are anywhere as powerful as mine!)

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Red Light Therapy

While red light therapy has become popular as an effective anti-aging and skin rejuvenation solution, there are still some doubts and questions people have about this new age technology. Here we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about red light therapy to dispel all such doubts.

What results can I expect from red light anti-aging and skin rejuvenation therapy?

Studies and researches have shown that anti-aging and skin rejuvenation treatments using red light therapy improves the skin tone and its texture, reduces pore size, controls spot pigmentations, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as promotes healthy looking vibrant skin. Red light treatments stimulate circulation and help to repair elastin fibers thus helping to keep the skin firm. It also promotes improved detoxification and oxygenation thus improving natural skin repair and creating healthy skin. Overall you and your skin will look and feel much younger.

Is red light therapy safe?

Red light therapy is one of the very few non invasive ways of harmlessly and gently removing aging signs. These red light lamps do not emit any ultraviolet rays, are completely pain free and do not require any healing time. Red light therapy makes use of red light lying within the wavelength range of 620 to 700nm. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), red light with a wavelength of 633nm is considered as a non significant risk and is safe for the eyes. Invasive procedures for anti-aging treatment such as dermal fillers and injections, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing and chemical peels can have severe side effects. However, you must consult your physician before going for red light therapy if you suffer from an increased sensitivity to light or have been prescribed photo sensitive medication.

How does red light therapy work?

Red light anti-aging and skin rejuvenation therapy uses red light lamps which emit red light at a wavelength of 633nm. This red light penetrates into the skin where it is readily absorbed because of the high blood and water content in the skin layers. The red light stimulates increased production of collagen and elastin in the skins layer which helps to reverse the aging process of the skin. Laboratory tests and studies have in fact revealed that exposure to certain wavelengths of light can cause skin cells to grow about 150 to 200 percent faster. Also, red light at a wavelength of 633 nm promotes oxygenation, hydration and detoxification of the skin, thus ensuring younger looking skin.

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What Is Guided Discovery In Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Commonly asked questions by people learning about Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) are –

What is guided discovery?
Is it about the therapist directing the client?
Is Socratic dialogue the same thing as guided discovery?
How do I offer guided discovery?

One thing for sure, is that the concept often feels overwhelming when we first try this type of approach.

My view point is that, guided discovery, can be one of the most beneficial interventions used within CBT. In a nut-shell, guided discovery is a process that a therapist uses to help his or her client reflect on the way that they process information. Through the processes of answering questions or reflecting on thinking processes, a range of alternative thinking is opened up for each client. This alternative thinking forms the blueprint for changing perceptions and behaviours.

Essentially, it could be suggested that a client approaching a CBT therapist is initially functioning at a mindless level. This is not to say that a client is ignorant or not able to think. Rather, that the client has a range of automatic cognitive processes that are being allowed to run without intervention. Some of these thinking processes may have been developed in childhood, while others may directly result from an immediate mood state.

A useful analogy for guided discovery is to think about going to an opticians for an eye test. The optician may initially put a contraption on their clients head with a range of lenses on it. Initially, their clients cannot see through this contraption very well (i.e., what they perceive is a blur). The optician then sets about gradually removing or replacing lenses, and after a while, through a process of trial and error (and feedback from the client) each individual begins to see more clearly.

Guided discovery works in exactly the same way as the above example. Except, instead of using optical lenses, the CBT therapist helps the client use lenses of perception. Perceiving information is a different way allows each client to access a range of choices in their life, ostensibly, to see their life through different lenses. When we view life in a different way our emotional reaction to events also shifts. These types of continued conscious re-evaluations in CBT are very important because they lay the foundations of future automatic thinking and make relapse less likely.

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Hipaa Training Essential For Medical Answering Services

Do not be fooled into believing that all answering services are set up to handle calls for medical facilities. It is absolutely essential to find a company that provides HIPAA training so that their staff understands how to field calls in a way that is compliant with patient legal rights.

HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Accountability and Portability Act and was enacted to provide specific legal rights for patients in the United States. Under this act, medical facilities must maintain complete patient information confidentiality and must comply with patient medical insurance rights. A medical call center that does not provide their staff with HIPAA training may cause your facility to run into legal problems. However, employing the help of an answering service that is compliant with all HIPAA laws will be of tremendous help in running your medical facility with great efficiency and with providing superb patient care.

HIPAA training will help your medical facility meet mandatory federal and state laws. It will also give your patients the confidence to trust you as a primary care or urgent care provider. A medical phone answering service that is compliant with HIPAA law will back up patient information and ensure that this repository of sensitive information is kept confidential, as well as available to you at all times. With this important information secured offsite, you can be sure that patient information will not be lost even in times of natural disaster or power outages. This is of utmost importance in giving your patients the most appropriate care based on their medical history.

Contemporary managed care facilities, physician offices, hospitals, and urgent care units rely on medical call centers that provide HIPAA training to their staff. For services that offer the most effective medical attention, make sure that the company you choose includes a nurse telephone triage unit that will be able to properly assess the immediate needs of your patients. Employing advanced medical answering services that are HIPAA compliant and that have a telephone triage unit on hand will be of tremendous assistance to your medical facility. A reputable medical telemessaging company will ensure the most reliable services for your patients from the moment they first contact your facility. This type of attentive, professional care will set your patients at ease and will give the utmost confidence in the medical services that you provide. With a little bit of research, you will find a competent medical telemessaging services that you can rely on even when you are not in the office.

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The Benefits Of Medical Alert Systems

Currently federal regulators are considering overhauling 911 emergency services to improve response times and efficiency. However, some individuals with elderly relatives that live alone have opted to take action on their own by purchasing a medical response system.

Medical attention within the first 90 minutes of a heart attack, stroke or a fall enhances the chances of recovery for the victim. With an average response time between 30 to 45 seconds, medical alert systems do their best to ensure emergency personnel arrive on the scene in speedy fashion.

Personal Emergency Response System (PERS): The Basics

Known as senior alarm systems among other names, PERS are devices allowing individuals to receive assistance in the event of an emergency. Medical alarm systems typically consist of two components:

Help Button: A wireless device that can be worn on the body as a pendant or wristband.

Communicator: The base unit of the system. This two-way device plugs into the user’s home telephone line.

In the event of an emergency, users can activate the system by pressing the button on their wireless device. An emergency dispatcher then responds to the call, directly speaking with the user via the two way speakerphone on the communicator. After determining the kind of help needed, the dispatcher has the option calling someone on the user’s emergency call list. This list typically includes up to three people who are available to assist the user if contacted by a dispatcher. In emergency situations or if verbal communications with the user cannot be established, the dispatcher will proceed to immediately contact paramedics.

A Sense of Security

Research shows medical alarm systems provide users and their families with a sense of security. But this sense is more than just a feeling, as one study found medical monitoring systems drastically reduced mortality rates and cut hospital use by nearly 60 percent.

Despite the benefits medical alarm systems provide to older adults, only 16 percent of seniors participating in the study had a PERS in their homes. With baby boomers expected to increase the elderly population to 54 million in 2020, a heightened awareness of the benefits medical alert devices offer could prolong the independence and well-being of many seniors to come.

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Physical Therapy Assistants and Aides

Employment opportunities for physical therapist, assistants and aides are numerous in today’s challenging job market. Medical and scientific research has created the need for many rehabilitation services. Our population is growing older at a rate that will require the support of many health care personnel. These are just a few of the reasons that make the choice to pursue a career as a physical therapy assistant or aide a good decision.

Assistants work directly under the supervision of a physical therapists. The majority of their work involves direct patient care. They work with patients to restore or improve mobility or assist patients with pain management issues. They may use techniques such as exercise, electrical stimulation, massage, hot and cold therapy, ultrasound or traction to achieve these results. Orthopedic procedures such as hip and knee replacements are becoming increasingly more common. Assistants will often provide rehabilitation services to these clients. Individuals involved in trauma-related accidents also require the services of physical therapy for recovery. Therapist sometimes rely on assistants to offer teaching related to exercises that can be performed at home or to deliver instructions on how to use crutches or rolling walkers. Physical therapist assistants are typically required to document and report patient responses to treatments and patient progress.

Most states in the United States require a assistant to hold an associate degree. In addition, some states require licensure. The American Physical Therapy Association reports that in 2009 there are currently 224 institutions supporting 237 accredited physical therapy assistant programs. There are also an additional 44 programs in development for this educational program. Completion of a state or national examination may be required for licensing as a physical therapy assistant as well.

Compensation and Duties

The average annual salary for assistant and aides according to Indeed.com is $65,000. The U.S. Department of Labor indicates that the median annual earnings of physical therapist assistants were $41,350 in 2006. Payscale.com reports, however, that the starting annual median salary for a physical therapist is $38,118. Many factors such as geography, company size, and type of employer can effect wage indicators.

Aides work under the supervision of a physical therapist or an assistant. Their job duties are varied. They essentially are responsible for ensuring that therapy sessions run smoothly. They may transfer patients to and from therapy sessions. They maintain the therapy area with supplies and keep things clean and organized. Aides may also perform clerical duties such as scheduling appointments, ordering supplies, and filling out insurance forms. They may assist patients with dressing or undressing. An aide may weigh patients. Aides are not licensed so they do not provide any type of physical therapy with patients.

Educational requirements for an aide are a high school diploma or GED. Many facilities provide on the job-training for this position. Previous experience as a certified nursing assistant or home health aide could be beneficial when searching for this type of job.

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Uninsured Persons to Receive Cheap Medical Testing

A website recently launched in the United States is determined to provide affordable medical testing to uninsured parties and other persons who are unable to pay for full-priced tests and laboratory fees. PrePaidLab.com, launched by a general physician from Ohio, is committed to driving down the consumer costs of receiving lab testing in America.

Doug Lefton, founder of PrePaidLab, started the site in response to the increasing difficulty his uninsured and underprivileged patients had in getting access to standard medical testing.

The PrePaidLab site operates on a price comparison principle, which Lefton explains is -like using Amazon.com to buy your lab tests.- Users requiring a test are asked to log-in, specify the tests recommended by their doctor, compare prices and proceed to an online checkout using one of the approved payment methods.

In order for the actual test to be performed, the patient and PrePaidLab site user are given an appointment at a LabCorp location of their choosing, where the test is administered according to the latest health regulations. Depending on the type of exam requested, results can usually be sent to both the patient and their general practitioner within 24 hours of the test being administered.

Lefton has suggested that cheap web hosting of price comparisons and medical testing from multiple wholesalers is capable of saving users upwards of 50 percent on the cost of their lab tests, as well as minimizing time away from work and costly consultation fees.

The latest statistics show almost 50 million Americans, or some 17 percent of the population, lacked health insurance for at least part of the 2009 calendar year, and many analysts have cited the service offered by PrePaidLab.com as extremely valuable given the current economic state of affairs. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has suggested that the cheap webhosting of quality cut-rate testing information should vastly improve the overall health of the American population in spite of significant pressures on personal finances and the public health system.

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OCD Cognitive Behaviour Therapy & Exposure Response Prevention

What CBT & ERP is and How They Are Used in Today’s Health Field to Treat OCD

CBT and ERP are two different treatment options available to treat OCD. CBT is short for cognitive behavioral therapy. This therapy is a talking therapy that aims to solve problems by focusing on identifying the thoughts, emotions and habits that lead to a person repeating the same pattern that leads to the problem.

ERP is short for exposure and response prevention. This is a treatment method that has the subject confronting their fears. It also identifies the thinking process and emotional patterns used that leads to the subject repeating a habit. It then attempts to get the person to respond differently to the way he or she used to respond by refraining from the previous behavior.

Both therapy methods are used to treat OCD. It all begins with cognitive behavior therapy. The therapist will talk to the patient. The focus will not be on the events of the past but rather more on the current problems. The goal here is to learn about the patient and even develop a relationship with the patient.

Trust is very important to the treatment process as patients need to have confidence and feel comfortable about the treatment process. After some trust has been established, the therapist will give the patient advice on how to think as well as suggestions on how to deal with their OCD.

An example is helping patients understand that they can make their own choices. Rather than submit to OCD, they can strengthen their ability to make a decision with beliefs such as “I washed my hands because of my anxiety.” This allows patients to see that they have options rather than succumbing to the thought process of something like “I have to wash my hands.”

The next step is the exposure and responsive prevention therapy. The patient will have to face their OCD over and over again. For example, if the patient has the compulsion to wash his hands repeatedly, he should just go ahead and do it. Over time, the patient will have to refrain from repeating the habit while being in the state of anxiety.

This process repeats so that the patient practices how to refrain from the compulsive habit. What this does is that it gives the patient confidence and practice in withholding from the habit. With the therapist’s help, the patient will be able to get rid of the anxiety that causes him to going through with the compulsive action.

So that is an overview on how cognitive behavior therapy and exposure and responsive prevention are used to treat OCD today. These two treatment options are proving to be effective and the success rate is quite high. These two treatments work best when they are used together. The exposure and responsive prevention therapy in particular really helps solidify positive habits and get rid of the anxiety that causes the obsessive and compulsive behavior.